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Wonders of Qatar and Rwanda

Discover the rich culture and heritage of Doha, along with its bustling souks, vast desert landscape, and gleaming coastline. Swap jewels for jungle and venture deep into the Rwandan wilderness in search of lion, leopard, rhino, and more including the majestic gorillas. Uncover the history of the area with a visit to the King’s Palace Museum, and stay in protected national forest, falling asleep to the sounds of nature. 

Trip Type: Adventure, Wildlife

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Wonders of Qatar and Rwanda
Wonders of Qatar and Rwanda
Wonders of Qatar and Rwanda
Wonders of Qatar and Rwanda
Wonders of Qatar and Rwanda
Wonders of Qatar and Rwanda
Wonders of Qatar and Rwanda
Wonders of Qatar and Rwanda

Day By Day

Day 1 – Welcome to Doha, Qatar

Welcome to Doha! Upon arrival at Doha International Airport a local representative will meet you as you disembark the aircraft. You will be assisted through passport and immigration to collect your luggage. You will be transferred from the airport to your accommodation.

Evening at Leisure
Doha comes alive at night with a hive of live music venues, bars, and world-class restaurants. The thriving food scene features a melting pot of different flavors and influences and varies from Michelin-starred restaurants to delicious street food. With an evening at leisure there are plenty of things to keep you busy. Enjoy dinner or coffee at Al Hazm Mall or explore the many souqs and soak up the bustling atmosphere.

Starting Accommodation: Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl


Day 2 – Doha, City and Deserts

This morning discover the unique heritage of Downtown Doha as you wander through the vibrant labyrinth of alleyways of Souq Waqif. View modern day Doha’s towering iconic architecture and discover the Corniche, Doha’s iconic waterfront where the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf provides the setting to the city’s impressive skyline.

Late afternoon, discover the unique desert environment where sand dunes spill into the azure waters of the Inland Sea. In this exciting adventure, qualified desert drivers will take you through the dramatic sand dunes to Khor Al Adaid, a large tidal embayment recognized for its outstanding natural heritage value. The adventure starts once you reach the desert. Drive through the dramatic sand dunes until you reach Khor Al Adaid, or the Inland Sea. You will have an opportunity to take in the magnificent desert landscape before continuing to the desert camp. Here you will be treated to a private BBQ dinner overlooking the azure waters of the Arabian Sea before being returned to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3 – Doha to Kigali, Rwanda

Transfer from your accommodation to Doha International Airport for your departing flight. Fly Doha to Kigali (not included). Upon arrival into Kigali Airport, a driver will meet you in the arrivals. Your adventure continues with a 2 hour and 30 minute transfer to Akagera National Park. Once you enter the park, you will enjoy a shared game drive from the gate to Magashi Camp.

Teeming with plains game, Akagera now also boasts a healthy population of lion, which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhino which were reintroduced in 2017. Magashi - the only exclusive-use area in Akagera - also harbors a good density of leopard.

Starting Accommodation: Magashi Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 – Activities at Magashi

Guests will be able to view a range of wildlife on expertly guided game drives, walks, and boating trips, including buffalo, lion, elephant, giraffe, spotted hyena, zebra, topi, roan, eland, and search for the elusive leopard. Akagera is renowned as one of the best birding areas in the world with more than 500 species recorded here.

Explore the area in an open 4x4 vehicle; each vehicle accommodates a maximum of seven guests, allowing each individual an outside seat. Magashi is in the only private access area in Akagera so exclusive night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles are offered. Boating in eight-seater swamp cruisers is offered; this is an excellent way to view the water birds and many other aquatic animals seen around Lake Rwanyakazinga.

Starting Accommodation: Magashi Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 – Akagera National Park to Kigali

Today you will be transferred via a shared game drive from Magashi Camp to the northern gate. Once at the gate, continue by private vehicle for approximately 2 hours 30 minutes to Kigali City. Enjoy an insightful tour of the city.

Get an intimate view of Kigali on this city tour as you explore a wide range of places giving you a great insight into the city and country. Visit Mt. Kigali for panoramic views of the city and continue to explore the neighborhood market. Visit the Genocide Memorial, the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It honors the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peace-building. The memorial includes various audio-visual exhibits to explain the tragedy.

Starting Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 6 – Kigali to Nyungwe National Forest

Today you will travel from Kigali to Nyungwe National Forest via the Cultural Heritage Corridor. En-route, visit the King's Palace Museum in Nyanza where you will find a reconstruction of the traditional royal residence; the King's Palace is a beautifully crafted thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive. In olden times, Nyanza was the heart of Rwanda. According to tradition, it was the site of battles and power struggles. For a long time, the monarchy was mobile, moving the court between various locations. When it eventually settled in one place, Nyanza was the obvious choice. The capital of the kingdom had as many as 2,000 inhabitants, and huts built with the same methods as seen in the reconstruction. At the back live a few long-horned Inyambo cattle, descended from the king's herd, whose keepers carefully tend and sing to them, keeping alive a unique tradition. Rwanda ceased to be a monarchy in 1962, when it gained independence from colonial rule. However, the breeding and grooming of Inyambo is still carried out under the Rwanda Agriculture Board. In the afternoon arrive at your accommodation located in the rainforests on Nyungwe.

Starting Accommodation: One&Only Nyungwe House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7 – Exploring Nyungwe National Forest

The day begins bright and early, driving into the park headquarters at 5:00am with a delicious packed breakfast. After an insightful chimpanzee trek briefing, you will be escorted to the Evergreen Forest at 6:00am, when the adventure begins. Alongside famous chimps, you are likely to spot a wide variety of bird life. Their playfulness and human-like characteristics make this journey so rewarding. You may even be welcomed by chimp morning calls deep in the forest. Upon encountering the chimps, you can stay in their presence for one hour as you enjoy their acrobatics, feeding, and day-to-day behaviors. Dashing at high speed through the flora, hooting and clanging - it truly is an exhilarating experience to encounter chimpanzees playing, wild and free. Home to one of East Africa's last intact chimpanzee populations, Nyungwe is an ideal place in the early morning to observe chimps in their natural habitat.

Nyungwe National Forest Canopy Walk
Experience the rainforest from a dazzling new perspective - on the famous Canopy Walkway. The only walk of its kind in East Africa, this breathtaking construction hands 197 feet above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, revealing a stunning view of the flora and fauna, both below and above. An iconic experience, not to be missed!

Starting Accommodation: One&Only Nyungwe House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8 – Nyungwe National Forest to Volcanoes National Park

Today you will travel from Nyungwe National Forest to the Virunga Volcano Range. This transfer is approximately six hours with stops.

Covering an area of 14,826 acres in the northern part of Rwanda, Volcanoes national park is part of the great Virunga volcano conservation region spanning to cover Virunga National Park Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda. The park is one of the 3 homes of the endangered mountain gorillas within the Virunga Mountains as well as golden monkeys, a variety of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects among other creatures.

Starting Accommodation: One&Only Gorilla's Nest


Day 9 – Gorilla Trekking

This morning you will be transferred to the park headquarters for the gorilla trek briefing at 7:00am. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is often described as "life-changing" and with good reason. With only an estimated 880 gorillas left in the world, to see these gentle creature in their natural habitat is truly a unique moment. Hikes in the mountains can last anywhere from 30 minutes to over four hours depending on the family allocated to your group and their location. The journey back can take just as long, but you are often carried along by the euphoria you feel after seeing the gorillas.

Starting Accommodation: One&Only Gorilla's Nest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10 – Gorilla Trekking and depart Rwanda

This morning you will be transferred to the park headquarters for the gorilla trek briefing at 7:00am. The largest gorilla group ever studied in Rwanda and was led by Cantsbee. He was the oldest known mountain gorilla in the world. A gorilla family is led by a Silverback and includes several younger males, adult and juvenile females, and infants. In addition to providing protection to group members, Silverbacks maintain order and decide all activities within their troop. They schedule feeding trips, resting time, and travel. They also father the majority of young in the group.

After freshening up you will transfer to Kigali Airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast


Pricing

Package Level: Luxury

Please note all prices listed are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Twin Share
10/1/2022 - 10/31/2022$19,580
11/1/2022 - 12/15/2022$16,185
Single Traveler
10/1/2022 - 10/31/2022$28,875
11/1/2022 - 12/15/2022$26,715


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Price does not include airfare unless otherwise stated. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: www.swaindestinations.com/terms

Details

Length:

9 Nights

Pricing:

From $16,185 Per Person

Destinations:

Doha; Kigali; Akagera National Park; Nyungwe National Forest; Parc National des Volcans

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip airport and land transfers
  • 2 nights Doha
  • Morning Doha Discovery Tour
  • Desert Dunes and Dinner Tour
  • 2 nights Akagera National Park
  • Game activities Akagera National Park
  • 1 night Kigali
  • Kigali City Tour
  • 2 nights Nyungwe National Forest
  • Shared activities Nyungwe National Forest
  • 2 nights Volcanoes National Park
  • Shared Gorilla Trekking
  • 2 Gorilla Permits
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
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